BETHEL, NY - AUGUST 14: A plaque marks the original site location as the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival approaches August 14, 2009 in Bethel, New York. On August 15-17 in 1969 an estimated 400,000 music fans gathered on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, N.Y. for the most celebrated music festival ever. The 40th anniversary concert will take place tomorrow.

Woodstock 50 has been a wild ride for months now, and it seems like the wheels are officially falling off with the recent announcements from a number of artists dropping out of the beleaguered festival.

Many have been quick to compare it to Fyre Festival, but that seems rather unfair. Woodstock 50’s heart at least seemed to be in the right place, even if that place appeared to be incredibly chaotic.

So, to paraphrase Talking Heads, how did we get here? Here’s a comprehensive timeline of Woodstock 50’s history.

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